Yesterday's trip with DIS Plein Air Club - affectionately calling ourselves Pigment Pandas - took us to Devil's Backbone (west of Loveland.) It was well worth the trip... even though, with my late start, I easily spent twice as much time driving as painting. Still, in the course of an hour or two, I was able to get a quick study, and take some photos.
And what a cool place! You can see from the pictures, it is simply breathtaking.
|Can you see it? Can you spot the human skull?|
On the way up, I saw a rock formation that - to me - looked like a profile of a human skull. I'm glad I took a couple photos, because on the way back, the light had changed, and it sure didn't look like that any more. LOL
|NOW can you see it?|
|The Keyhole, where we were situated, is a very scenic spot, |
very popular for photographs.
My main focus, given the limited time, was to work quickly, and not waste time on extraneous details.
I picked the view that had the highest initial 'Woo' factor (when you look at something and go: "Woo!") and got down to it.
|I picked my view....|
|...and got to painting!|
|Clay paints while the rest of us keep a lookout |
for Rohirim and Imperial Walkers...
And here's the final study.
|Devil's Backbone Gouache, 9x12"|
There was lots of great scenery, very other-worldly... yes, almost Tolkien-esque...
|On the way back, Preston hears Warg Riders approaching...|
|Hm... looks like a good spot to build a hobbit-hole...|
|View along the ridge... and this is just one section...|
|Alpaca sighting near the trailhead....|
The area is very scenic. I definitely want to return to this area for more drawing, painting, and photos. Plus, it's just a cool area to be. :)